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An Improper Encounter (The Macalisters Book 3) by Erica Taylor – Review by Michelle Austin

An Improper Encounter (The Macalisters, #3)An Improper Encounter by Erica Taylor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An Improper Encounter was a good 4 star read and book three in The Macalisters series.

Sarah is a widow who is looking for a man to warm her bed. She was challenged by Lady Lydia Hartford, her widowed sister-in-law. They had a reward on the line. The winner is free from anything Radcliff for six whole months.

This is how she meets William. William is on his way to London when he stopped for the night. Intrigued by Sarah, he went along with her little game. These two end up traveling together and start to fall in love. Sarah is finally starting to feel happy again. When William disappears and reappears as a Duke with a pregnant wife, things change drastically.

Is he really married and if so why? Can Sarah and William figure things out and have a HEA?

Overall this was a fun read, I had some LOL moments with the bantering between them. The secondary characters were good, I liked seeing some of the other characters from previous books in the series. You can read this as a stand alone, however it’s best to start with book one. Erica Taylor does a great job of pulling you right in with her writing. I would like to see more from these two since it felt like it ended quickly, we do get a HEA which I was happy with. 1-click and get started today.

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Penny For Your Thoughts (Sand Dollar Series Book 1) by JD Boudreaux – Review by Michelle Austin

Penny For Your Thoughts (Sand Dollar Series Book 1)Penny For Your Thoughts by J.D. Boudreaux
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Penny for your thoughts was a good four star read and book one in the Sand Dollar series.

Alex notices a woman on the side of the road with a flat, he turns around to help her and gets more than he bargained for.

Penny is a reporter and when Alex stopped to help her she let him in on a little secret. It seems she had been on the side of the road for hours and he was the only one to stop.

Fate steps in and these two end up running into each other at the mall getting lunch. They move forward from here and get to know each. They both have some things in their past that they are trying to move forward from. It was great reading how their relationship developed and the things that were challenging them.

It may not always be in front of you, but it’s there. My love is always there. -Alex

Maybe not every question leads to an answer, and maybe not every answer stems from a question.

Alex was very kind and had a big heart. Penny was up and down for me overall she was a strong character. The secondary characters added a great element to the story. I was emotionally spent by the time I was done and the ending really threw me for a loop. I need to see where this goes and hope it continues in book 2. J.D. Boudreaux does a great job of pulling you in with her writing. Overall I enjoyed this book and suggest you 1-click and get started today on this series.

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Not So Broken (Love Grows Series Book 1) by Renee Regent – Review by Michelle Austin

Not So Broken (Love Grows Series, # 1)Not So Broken by Renee Regent
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Not so Broken was a great 5 star read and book one in the Love Grows Series.

We start with Gibson who is living in Tilly, GA. He has been living like a recluse for the last few months grieving and trying to move forward with his life. When his father calls and gives him a deadline on coming back home, he has to decide if he will ever be ready to return.

Sacha went to Tilly to sell some alcohol to the local establishments. She is also nursing a broken heart and isn’t ready for anything serious. She ends up meeting Gibson while out at one of the local bars, and they hit it off. They end up having a very steamy one night stand.

Maybe it was the scotch, or maybe I had been pent up too long. I found myself hoping for much more than a dance with this woman tonight.

When Sasha returns to Tilly she has some shocking news for Gib. Sasha was in shock with the news herself, it was something she never thought could happen. Will the news finally bring Gib home? Will it bring him and Sasha together as a couple?

There is so much more to this great read. Gib and Sasha tested my patience at times, especially Sasha. My emotions were all over the place. Renee Regent pulled me right in with her writing. I wouldn’t mind seeing more from Gib and Sasha and I look forward to reading more from this series.

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Luke (Dark Water Security Series Book 1) by Madison Quinn – Review by Michelle Austin

Luke (Dark Water Security #1)Luke by Madison Quinn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Luke was a great 5 star read and book one of the Dark Water Security.

We start the story with Luke at a young age being tormented and beaten. If he doesn’t win fights his beatings get worse. My heart broke for what he went through. When his tormentor doesn’t think the beatings are enough he brings in someone else that will be beaten in his place. This is when he meets Em. They develop a close friendship and love for each other.

What if I’m tired of surviving?

After their escape we jump ahead a few years. Luke is now a partner in Dark Water Security. He thinks about Em all the time, wondering where she is, if she has a family, etc.. When he meets a friend of his partner that will be assisting in some cases, he is taken back to memories of Em. Could she be his Emily? Can they find the love they once had?

Emily was a fighter just as much as Luke was, they were meant to be brought together to help each other get through this terrible ordeal. Both of them used their experience to help others instead of going down a dark hole. The secondary characters added a great element to the story. I will warn that there are some scenes that may be triggers for some. Madison Quinn does a great job of pulling you in with her writing. I can’t wait to read more from this series.

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Eight Steps: A Friends to Lovers Romance by Taylor Sullivan – Review by Michelle Austin

Eight Steps to Alpha (Nerdy by Nature, #1)Eight Steps to Alpha by Taylor Sullivan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Eight Steps to Alpha was a fun 4 star read.
This is a good friends to lovers romance.

Elli wants a certain someone to notice him, so he asks his best friend Fe to help him. He wants to be just like the men in the books Fe reads, an alpha. They have a month to get him ready, will they be successful? Can he get the girl he wants?

I’m tired of being the nice guy. I want to be that guy. The guy they have fantasies about. Just once. Elli

Fe creates a list of steps for Elli to complete. I had so many LOL moments as these two went through the steps. Something else starts to happen as well, they are starting to feel a connection that is drawing them even closer. Will they realize the connection before it’s too late?

Overall I really enjoyed this book. I really liked both Elli and Fe, the secondary characters were good also. Taylor Sullivan does a great job of pulling you in with her writing. Watching the friendship grow through the story was great, you felt like you were right there with them. I look forward to reading more from Taylor.

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Surviving Grace: Book Five ( Surviving Series) by Virginia Wine – Review by Michelle Austin

Surviving Grace: Book Five ( Surviving Series)Surviving Grace: Book Five by Virginia Wine
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Surviving Grace was an emotional 5 star read and book five in the Surviving Series.
This is such a great must read series, I was sad to see it coming to an end.

I needed closure, somehow to erase the darkness from my past.

Grace is working on getting over her trauma, she is taking one day at a time. It’s not easy for her but she’s working on it. When things go in a different direction with Elijah, Will takes his chances with Grace. He has had feelings for her but was holding back how he felt, until now. I really liked Will he was so loving and understanding, he is perfect for Grace.

My emotions were all over the place with this book but I was so happy to see Grace get her HEA. There are some twist and turns, and some betrayal that adds a great element to the story. All of the secondary characters were great. Virginia Wine does a great job of pulling you right in with her writing. Each book in the series can be read as a stand alone, but I suggest reading them in order.

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Movie Star (21st Century Courtesan Book 2) by Pamela DuMond – Review by Michelle Austin

Movie Star (21st Century Courtesan, #2)Movie Star by Pamela DuMond
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Movie Star was a great 5 star read and book two in the 21st Century Courtesan series.

Evie is empathic, men hire her to help them heal. She is heading to LA to help Jake Keller, a very hot troubled movie star. The night before she leaves she discovers her house has been broken into. And she has gotten another letter. Has her stalker returned?

Healing broken men is filthy, grueling work, which is why it’s ironic that on the outside I look immaculate.

Jake has some secrets that someone wants to keep buried. Will Evie be able to help Jake or will his secret stay buried?

As they spend time together Evie and Jake get close, and lets just say they had some very steamy scenes. There is also an unexpected twist, someone that Evie hadn’t seen in a couple of years shows up.

Be prepared for so much more in this story. I love Evie, she had me lol at times with things she would say or think. The secondary characters were great. Once I started I couldn’t put it down, I finished it pretty quickly. Pamela DuMond will have your head spinning with the things going on. I suggest reading book one first. I look forward to reading more in this series.

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The Perfect Duchess (The Macalisters Book 2) by Erica Taylor – Review by Michelle Austin

The Perfect Duchess (The Macalisters, #2)The Perfect Duchess by Erica Taylor
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Perfect Duchess was a good 4 star read.
This is Andrew and Clara’s story.

We start out at Andrew’s birthday party where he sees Lady Clara, she has been the only one that has gotten his attention in the past few years. When he searches her out for a dance he finds her being insulted by one of his guests, so he quickly rescues her.

Lady Clara knew she was taking a chance by going to the party. People believe she was involved in her sister leaving Andrew at the altar. The insults that she took were terrible, but she held her own and gave it right back.

If they think they can chase me away, they are severely mistaken -Lady Clara

When Andrew starts to court Lady Clara, things get even more interesting. When Clara finds out that she is in danger from her own brother, Andrew offers her a solution. Will she take it?

All of the secondary characters were great. There are some twists and turns and secrets revealed. We do get a HEA but it was definitely not an easy journey. If you’re looking for a good historical read you will like this one. Erica Taylor does a great job of pulling you in with her writing.

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The Light at Dawn by K.L. Montgomery – Review by Michelle Austin

The Light at DawnThe Light at Dawn by K.L. Montgomery
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Light at Dawn was a heart wrenching and emotional 5+ star read.

I was pulled right in from the beginning. Angelia and her family go through a tragedy that no family ever wants to experience (Ugly cry moments started instantly). We watch her world come crumbling down around her. We jump ahead five years Angelia is now a single mom who is traveling around and speaking on gun violence.

Mark see’s Angelia at a bar and quickly gets pulled in by her. They end up having drinks and they discover they are both on opposite sides of the right to bare arms. Angelia quickly leaves but can’t get Mark out of her mind. A little time passes and things take a tragic turn for Mark and once again my ugly cry came out. Angelia reaches out to Mark about the tragedy she doesn’t realize it had affected his family directly, her message came at the right time for Mark.

Can these two help heal each other? Can they have a HEA?

There is so much more to this very emotional read. There are things that make you really think about your views on this serious subject and see both sides of the spectrum. These two came together in an unexpected way and helped each other through. I loved the ending, it couldn’t have been more perfect. Be prepared for some twists and turns, K. L. Montgomery does a great job of throwing some very unexpected things in to make the book even better. All of the secondary characters were great, I actually would love to see more from this couple and extended family. A MUST read for sure, have the kleenex handy.

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Hard as Steel: Book four (“Surviving Series”) by Virginia Wine – Review by Michelle Austin

Hard as Steel: Book four (Hard as Steel: Book four by Virginia Wine
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hard as Steel was a great 5 star read and book four in the Surviving Series.

I was pulled in right from the beginning, my heart when out to the poor girl that Steel finds. He calls in Nick to help. They call the mystery girl Grace for now until they can find out who she is.
The things this poor girl endured just breaks your heart.

What story could be told from my injuries, in some twisted way the cuts and bruises may indeed be my salvation.

Steel works for PI Securities and is ex military. Nichole (Nick) is an FBI agent. Nick and Steel work together to try and find out where Grace came from and who was behind all of the abuse.
Steel and Nick also have quite the attraction between them. They are both really strong characters but when they finally give into their attraction we get some very hot and steamy moments.

Will Steel and Nick find out who hurt Grace?

There is romance, suspense and so much more. Be prepared for some twists and turns, I was on the edge of my seat trying to figure out what was going on. Virginia Wine does a great job with her writing, you feel everything that the characters are going through and I loved it. All of the secondary characters added a great element to the story. I can’t wait to read more from this series. 1-click and get started today on this great series.

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